No ifconfig on Linux?

February 03, 2020

  • command-line

Originally posted by me on Hashrocket TIL

If you are on a Linux machine and trying to run ifconfig you may get Command not found: ifconfig. That is because some Linux distros don’t come with it bundled by default.

On Manjaro Linux which is an Arch Linux based distro you can use pacman to install the package containing ifconfig called net-tools:

sudo pacman -S net-tools

On Debian based distros you can use:

sudo apt-get install net-tools

If you don’t want to install net-tools you can try using the ip command:

ip addr

This will return the interfaces on your machine and their IP bindings.

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